Set name: Rally Truck
Set number: 8261
Number of pieces: 198
Released: January 2009
List price (shop at home): $ 24.99 / £ 17.59 / € 19.99
Shop @ home description:
Off-road rally muscle!
Get down and dirty with this tough off-road rally muscle truck! With its tilting front suspension system, springing rear suspension and working front-wheel steering, it's ready to roar off the road and into the rugged outdoors. Includes instructions for rebuilding into an additional truck!
The Rally Truck is one of the new 2009 sets, and is a small red vehicle with high clearance. I am not sure if the truck is supposed to resemble a specific real vehicle model or brand. The alternative model is a small more traditional truck, ready to pull a trailer which does not exist. Off course you could make a trailer that would fit the truck.
The set does not include any engine, and I'm not sure if it wouldn't be more cool to pay a bit more, and have a V2 engine in the set.
The two small building instructions.
The pieces in the set, tires already mounted on the rims. There are two new 2009 elements in the set. The "T-Beam" in the form of two black, one seen in the bottom of the picture. Two pieces of slotted 2x1 slope in dark grey, one of them seen top-left..
Liftarm 3 x 3 T-Shape
Slope 2 x 1 x 2/3 with 4 Slots
**EDIT** The Slope 2 x 1 x 2/3 with 4 Slots actually appeared in 2008. Another 2008 piece in the set is the technic beam of one module lenght, with a technic hole and a cross-hole side by side. A very nice element that I guess many technic moc'ers like. Liftarm 1 x 2 Thick with Pin Hole and Axle Hole
The two main subassemblies before joining them together.
The complete set with the wheels removed.
The front does not have any real suspension, but the axle can roll relative to the chassis. This make is able to traverse quite high obstacles with all four wheels not leaving the ground. Not really a realistic design, but very effective as a toy. The simple steering of the wheels is controlled by the gear on top of the roof, and if the vehicle is held in the air, and the steering is at max, additional steering input results in the rool of the axle.
The rear suspension with a single spring, is a bit stiff for this little vehicle. The rear is a simple svingarm with two wheels attached, and no drive.
The main model does not use all elements, there are a couple of gears and small connectors left, plus the usual small elements from each bag, with very low weight.
Now this is the "real" truck.
The second model does not use the spring, and has no suspension what so ever. But it's a nice looking vehicle, and more realistic than the main model. It is prepared to be able to pull a trailer.
I like to build technic but usually would not get such a small set like this truck. It is simply way too quckly built, and don't have that many functions. Larger sets give me a more "wow this is incredible thought out set" feeling, and the price per element is more economical. But for kids learning the technic way of building, these smaller sets are great.
I haven't bought this set myself, but got it with the instructions and no box, after it had been on display for a few months. The second model was built, and after photographing it, I took it appart and made the main model.
I have to say though that the designers that make these vehicles look so good with such a limited number of pieces, have done a great job.
I'm not gonna rate the product, as I must be considered incompetent
Edited by Front, 11 March 2009 - 04:17 PM.